If you would think of a couple of words to describe a hallway, any hallway, the first one would most likely be ‘practical’ and the second one – dark. While hallways by their very nature aren’t spaces that we spend a lot of time in, it’s unusually important to decorate them and pay attention to how they influence the rest of your home. You might have a delightful living room and a fancy, freshly-decorated kitchen, but if the hallway that connects the two overwhelms you with a dark and stale atmosphere, it will influence the overall effect the other spaces in your home have.
Sure, hallways are not the ideal candidates for a makeover, because their narrowness prevents us from putting too many pieces of furniture in, but on the flip side, there are a lot of hallway lighting ideas that are just waiting to be used! So without further ado, here are some interesting lighting tips you can try out in your hallways to make them look charming and inviting. For the record, we’re going to talk about LED lights because simply put, they are the most versatile out of all, and better yet, they will cut your electricity bills in half.
Create a Focal Point to Highlight
If you’re short on your hallways space, the best thing you can do is decide on a chandelier that is airy and modern. What does that mean? Well, its shade should either be clear, or non-existent. There are plenty of options to choose from, starting with pendant chandeliers to industrial-looking designs.
Combine Lighting Sources
You don’t have to have just one type of light in your hallway. In fact, mixing it up with different light sources will create an intriguing atmosphere and will also increase practicality. You can combine unobtrusive hallway ceiling lights with a table lamp, for instance. This will give you the option to use the ceiling lights for practical purposes on regular days, but switch to the lamp lighting when you’re having guests over and you want to create an inviting atmosphere.
Experiment with Pendant Lighting
Pendant lights are ideal for houses with tall ceilings because they fill the empty space that a few people actually use, especially in their hallways. However, be mindful of the style you’re choosing – you don’t want to overwhelm the space and make it feel cramped.
Play with Accent Lighting on Your Walls
Drawing attention to a specific space by illuminating will add a dash of sophistication even to ordinary-looking hallways. You think coat hangers or plants are boring? Try directing your wall lights at them and see what happens. Your guests will be impressed by the overall stylishness of your hallway, that’s for sure.
Go Minimal with Wall Lighting
Less is more. Ah, the old design rule we choose to disobey from time to time, but we always end up going back to it. When you’re unsure of how to solve a problem – do the thing that’s the simplest. That goes for hallways as well. You might think that it will look too plain, but in fact, it will make your hallway sleek and clean-looking.
If opulence is your thing, there’s nothing better than placing a massive, sparkly chandelier in your hallway! When choosing the right piece, keep in mind that it will have to be high-quality and durable, because even a little bit of shabbiness could ruin the feeling of splendor you’re trying to achieve. This, for instance, is that case in which you should not obey the less is more rule. When it comes to these lighting pieces – more is definitely more.
Create a Mini-Exhibition
Hallways are great for showing off the artwork that’s – let’s face it – less dear to you than those you’ve put in your living room, but you still want it on your walls. Accent lighting of paintings is the oldest trick in the book, but it works every time like a charm. Fill up your hallway wall space with art to create a modern and warm look.
Think Outside the Box
Whoever said that lights should come only from above? While it is intuitive, because that’s where the sunrays come from as well, it’s sometimes well worth it to step out of the comfort zone and turn the rules upside down – literally. There are some imaginative led hallway lighting ideas that challenge the norms. For instance, you could take the cue from yard well lighting and apply it to your floors. This innovative use of light for a space that is traditionally the most boring of all will give an adventurous feel to the hallway and spark interests with your guests. If you put the floor lights close to the wall, you’ll create an indoor grazing effect.
Practical and Beautiful
Can you count the number of times you hit your toe on your hallway stairs? Neither can we. With a solution as simple as this one, it’s really strange that not every hallway staircase already has LED lights. They can look amazing and add flare to the most basic steps, and they will keep your toes safe and sound. That’s a win-win in our book.
With all these amazing options just a few LED lights away, it’s really hard to resist the temptation of dropping everything you’re doing and starting to redecorate your hallway. Who would’ve guessed that it’s the little things such as these that could make our home so perfect?